Vintage Greinke fuels yet another series win

D-backs match best 18-game start in franchise history

April 20th, 2018

PHOENIX -- Tough losses on the field, top players getting hurt, nothing it seems will stop the D-backs from winning a series.
Thursday night, the D-backs bounced back from a tough loss the night before by beating the Giants, 3-1, at Chase Field behind Zack Greinke.
The D-backs have won all six of their three-game series to start the season and their 13-5 record matches the 2008 team for the best record after 18 games in franchise history.
"It's a lot of fun," said outfielder Chris Owings, who left in the third inning after colliding with A.J. Pollock while making a spectacular catch. "I feel like for us, you get down 1-0 and you still feel like you're in the ballgame and you just keep going out there and playing the game hard. I feel like for us we've been in every game this season, so it's been a lot of fun.

"This is just a special team."
Things haven't exactly gone the D-backs' way either, especially when it comes to injuries.
They've been without right fielder Steven Souza Jr. since Spring Training, and third baseman has missed all but four games with a shoulder injury.
On top of that, the team got news Wednesday that starter would be lost for the season to Tommy John surgery.
"I just think we have a good team," said Greinke, who allowed just one run on three hits over seven innings. "There's not really any holes. I wouldn't say we have the best pitching staff or the best offense, but we have no weakness. I feel like our starters are good, relievers are good, defense is good, offense is good and baserunning is good. Makes for a good team."

The D-backs' hot start has come against NL West opponents and that certainly helps Arizona in the standings.
The D-backs have gone 5-1 against the Dodgers, 4-2 against the Giants and 2-1 against the Rockies. The Padres come to Chase Field on Friday to open a three-game set.

Thursday's win came after the D-backs lost 4-3 on Wednesday when they struggled to hit with runners in scoring position, going 4-for-16, and could not score a runner from third base with less than two outs in the eighth, ninth and 10th innings.

"They're tough," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said of his team. "They rely on one another, and they don't feel like they're out of any contest. [Wednesday] was a tough night, I'm not going to lie. We were all probably pretty frustrated because we felt like we let that game get away from us. But for us to bounce back the way we did and hold a pretty good team down offensively and cash in when we were supposed to to win a series speaks volumes about our toughness and our ability to overcome some tough moments."

Greinke is now 12-2 in 18 career starts against the Giants, one of the teams he considered signing with before inking a six-year deal with the D-backs in December 2015. Greinke raised his Chase Field record over the past two seasons to 17-1.
Following the game, the D-backs optioned right-handed reliever to Triple-A Reno. The team said a corresponding move would be made Friday, which figures to be right-hander Matt Koch, who is scheduled to start in place of Walker.
The D-backs caught a break in the third when Giants left fielder appeared to steal second with two outs and at the plate. The D-backs, however, used a manager's challenge and the call was overturned when it was ruled that Blanco's foot came off the base for a split-second while second baseman still had the tag on him.

The D-backs open a three-game series with the Padres on Friday night with Matt Koch making his first start in the big leagues this year. Koch, who made one relief appearance earlier this year, was called up from Triple-A Reno to take the place of Walker, who learned Wednesday that he would need Tommy John surgery.